Vintage Worlds: Tales of the Old Solar System
An anthology of all-new, original short stories set in the fictional solar system of classic, golden-age science fiction.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, October 2 2018 10:50 PM UTC +00:00.
About Vintage Worlds
In the foreword to Vintage Worlds, editor John Michael Greer writes:
There was a time when the solar system was much more interesting than it is today—when swordsmen dueled along the banks of the Grand Canal beneath the hurtling moons of Mars; when strange creatures writhed in the shadows of the mighty jungles of Venus; when Mercury’s Twilight Belt marked a thin band of habitable territory between the lethal heat of the sunward side and the eternal cold of the side that faced the stars; when the many moons of the Jovian and Saturnian systems, the great gas-giant worlds themselves, the tiny frozen sphere of Pluto, and even the myriad worldlets of the asteroid belt, were all crammed with living things, some of them intelligent, some of them dangerous, all of them wonderful.
Call it fiction if you will, but when Earthlings turned their eyes up past the edges of our own planet’s atmosphere, those were the dreams they dreamed and the worlds they longed to visit. Professional scientists watched the color changes that seemed to mark the Martian seasons and speculated learnedly about life elsewhere in the solar system. With that as justification, the writers of science fiction’s golden age flung their imaginations skyward and filled the pages of scores of lively magazines with tales of adventure on nearby worlds and the spaceways that linked them...
Vintage Worlds collects seventeen stories totaling over 120,000 words of new, original short fiction inspired by the stories that appeared in pulp magazines like Weird Tales, Astounding, Amazing Stories, Planet Stories, and so many more.
Here is the list of authors and stories included in Vintage Worlds: Tales of the Old Solar System:
- Out of the Chattering Planet by John Michael Greer
- Uranian Thule by Robert Gibson
- Incandescence by Dylan T. Jeninga
- The Headless Skeletons of Mercury by Troy Jones III
- The Lost Cosmonaut and Saucer Six by Clint Spivey
- The Martian Girl by Christopher Henningsen
- Tête-à-Tête by David England
- The Answer At the End of the World by Arthur Vibert
- Pen Pal by Grant Canterbury
- Perchance To Dream by Peter C Aitken
- Arden Archer by Damian Macrae
- Methane Blue by Rachel Cowan
- Europa Or Bust by Shep Barnett
- The Lure of the Depths by Violet Bertelsen
- The Dorian Grays by Augustus Keden
- The Solar System, The Universe and Everything by Al Sevcik
- Death Songs of Saturn by Joel B. Jones
John Michael Greer
Born in the brawling Navy town of Bremerton, Washington, and raised in an assortment of Seattle suburbs, John Michael Greer began writing stories as soon as he could hold a pencil. The author of more than fifty books on a dizzying assortment of subjects and of a widely read weekly blog at www.ecosophia.net, he has previously edited five anthologies of original science fiction stories for Founders House Publishing. His published fiction credits include the science fiction novels The Fires of Shalsha and Star’s Reach; Twilight’s Last Gleaming, a near-future political thriller; Retrotopia, a utopian romance; and the first two volumes of a seven-volume epic fantasy with tentacles, The Weird of Hali: Innsmouth and The Weird of Hali: Kingsport. He lives with his wife Sara in Rhode Island.
Zendexor is the host of www.solarsystemheritage.com, a site dedicated to the literature and the writers of the Old Solar System, the fictive realm explored by the writers of science fiction's 20th century golden age.
Johh Michael Greer - Born in the brawling Navy town of Bremerton, Washington, and raised in an assortment of Seattle suburbs, John Michael Greer began writing stories as soon as he could hold a pencil. The author of more than fifty books on a dizzying assortment of subjects and of a widely read weekly blog at www.ecosophia.net, he has previously edited five anthologies of original science fiction stories for Founders House Publishing. His published fiction credits include the science fiction novels The Fires of Shalsha and Star’s Reach; Twilight’s Last Gleaming, a near-future political thriller; Retrotopia, a utopian romance; and the first two volumes of a seven-volume epic fantasy with tentacles, The Weird of Hali: Innsmouth and The Weird of Hali: Kingsport. He lives with his wife Sara in Rhode Island.
Robert Gibson - Born in London in 1954, of mixed Scottish and Belgian extraction, Robert Gibson works from home as a private tutor. He lives close to the sea in Heysham, Lancashire. He writes:
“For most of my life I suffered from terrific writer's block, very frustrating. Then in my late fifties I underwent a dazzling conversion experience, consisting of the revelation that it would be a good idea to show some consideration for the reader, i.e. write stuff that a fellow creature might conceivably wish to read. “Since that mental breakthrough I have never looked back.
My published works are the Old Solar System novel Valeddom (2013) and the novella collection Uranian Gleams (2015), the alternate-Earth Kroth trilogy (The Slant, The Drop and The Rise, 2013-15), and the previous-universe novel Man of the World (2016). I am currently working on a Uranian novel.
Dylan T. Jeninga - Dylan T. Jeninga is an enthusiast of the fantastic yet (perhaps marginally) credible, and it was this interest that drew him to science fiction when he was a young boy, and more recently to the classic tales of our Solar System as it ought to have been. Born near the Wisconsin/Illinois border on the last day of 1993, he now lives in Chicago with his soon-to-be-wife (who, the reader may be sure, has a hand in shaping everything he creates). He works as an improvisational actor/hopefully temporary shop clerk, and he writes everything from realistic adventures among the planets to sojourns to the distant stars.
Troy Jones III - Troy Jones III has had stories published in the After Oil anthologies volumes 3 and 4, and (most recently) in Merigan Tales: Stories from the World of Star’s Reach. He lives in Huntsville, Alabama.
Clint Spivey - Clint Spivey spent eight years as a meteorologist in Europe and Asia. He now teaches English as a foreign language to university students. He is fortunate enough to be able to work on a rice farm during the spring and fall. His fiction has appeared in Into the Ruins, The Moon Magazine, SQ Mag and Perihelion.
Christopher Henningsen - Christopher Henningsen is an inventor, learner, and spiritual Venusian living on Canada's East coast. He writes: “I'm a son of German back-to-the-landers, and my youth was spent between rural Canada and Germany. During the traditional stint as a roughneck in Alberta's oil industry that most East Canadians go through after high school, I developed a strong interest in sustainable energy. I spent another, shorter stint as an English teacher in a Chinese kindergarten before going to University as a mature student, where I studied Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering. I graduated in 2014 and have been keeping my skills sharp outside my day job with technical and artistic projects.”
David England - David England is a ponderer, generalist, and student-of-everything who, in the words of his daughter, "does math for a living." Following a nomadic childhood typical among military families, and supplemented by wanderings of his own, he now resides in the well-rooted community of Two Rivers, Wisconsin (birthplace of the ice cream sundae) with his wife Anne, her incredible artwork, and the half-dozen or so unwritten novels which have taken up residence inside his head over the years. This is the first story of his that has been accepted for publication; another story, “The Last Outpost,” has also been accepted for publication in the deindustrial-SF magazine Into the Ruins.
Arthur Vibert - A San Francisco native, Arthur Vibert has lived and traveled all over the world. He was worked in advertising and currently works as a video producer. And of course he’s been an avid science fiction reader all his life, starting with “Space Cat” by Ruthven Todd.
Grant Canterbury - Grant Canterbury is a naturalist and writer who grew up reading stories about speculative worlds of science fiction and fantasy. His stories have been published in the science fiction anthologies Merigan Tales and After Oil 2: The Years of Crisis. He lives near Portland, Oregon with his family and quirky spaniels. See canterburia.blogspot.com for irregular blog posts and project updates.
Peter C. Aitken - Peter C. Aitken was raised in New York and attended university in Scotland, where he studied English and Philosophy. While an English Degree provided him with plenty of inspiring material, none has been as powerful as The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Boroughs. He burned through A Princess of Mars at a sprint but devoured the sequel at a more frightening pace. He has worked in Science Fiction and Fantasy ever since, trying to replicate the same balance of action and philosophical query.
Damian Macrae - Damian Macrae spent his formative years on a dairy farm watching Star Trek and reading dusty paperbacks from the likes of King, Vance and Herbert. Fleeing the family farm weeks after completing high school, he has worked various IT jobs across Australia before moving to Hobart, Tasmania to study surveying, where he learned to brew beer, stew rabbit and keep chooks. After two years working underground and a volunteer assignment in Laos he now resides in Christchurch, New Zealand with his partner. In between working and writing he dreams of owning a small farm, perhaps with some chooks. Occasionally, he threatens to build a wooden sailboat.
Rachel Cowan - Rachel Cowan grew up on a farm in South Texas. She began her career in journalism, writing for her hometown newspaper in Eagle Pass, Texas, as well as for her college newspaper at Texas A&M University. After graduating from college she worked in greenhouse production in Denmark. Rachel has spent the last 21 years employed in health care and is currently a public health nurse in Eastern Washington. She enjoys running and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.
Shep Barnett - Shep Barnett, originally from Pennsylvania, relocated to Boston to become a professional mime in the 1980's. He now lives outside of Boston with his wife of 36 years, their dog, cat and horse. Some of his interests include juggling, martial arts, woodworking , painting, and writing science fiction stories.
Violet Bertelsen - Violet Bertelsen is an herbalist, farmhand and amateur historian currently living in the northeastern United States. While she was a child, the woods befriended and educated Violet, who proved to be an eager student. She spent her young adulthood in a haze, wandering the vast expanses of North America trying to find the lost fragments of her soul in deserts, hot springs and rail-yards. Now older and more sedate, she likes to spend her time talking with trees, reading history books, laughing uproariously with fellow farmhands, drinking black birch tea and, on occasion, writing science fiction stories.
Augustus Keden - Augustus Keden writes of himself: “I am currently writing a series of inter-related stories based on the oral narratives of the lives of real people of various ages spanning the years 1880 to the present. The narrations are his-story, her-story, not history. The narrators are Irish, English, Scottish, Canadian, French Canadian, German, American, Polish, Mexican, Peruvian, Guyanese, Punjabi, Trinidadian, Jamaican, Barbadian, Nicaraguan, Costa Rican, Ghanian and Nigerian. I am currently living with my wife, a black American woman, in a small apartment on the side of a cliff overlooking the Atlantic, just off the coast of Africa.”
Al Sevcik - Al Sevcik is a professional photographer and author living in Tampa, Florida. His recent work can be found in two anthologies, After Oil #3 and Merigan Tales, and in several issues of Into the Ruins magazine.
Joel B. Jones - Joel B. Jones is a playwright, performer, and improv teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he resides with his wife and daughter. His interest in sci-fi goes back to the Traveller role-playing games run by his older brother in the late 1970s. He currently works as the co-director of Charlottesville's Big Blue Door, a theater and comedy troupe.
Initial funding will cover the costs of producing ebook in standard formats (MOBI and EPUB), producing and delivering trade paperback versions of the anthology, cover art, payment of the editors, payments for the authors, and some advertising and promotional expenses. Funding above the minimum would primarily be used to increase the pay rates of the authors and provide funding for additional volumes in a Vintage Worlds anthology series, which is already garnering enthusiastic support.
All backers will be listed in the acknowledgements page in the book.
John Michael Greer has edited five anthologies of short fiction including the four volumes of the After Oil series. A collection of what he calls deindustrial SF—that is, science fiction set in the kind of future we’re most likely to get at this point, in which the dream of perpetual progress slams face first into the hard limits of resource depletion and a damaged biosphere, and sends humanity tumbling back along the familiar arc of the decline and fall of civilizations.
The other is Merigan Tales: Stories from the Worlds of Star's Reach, a shared world anthology that collects other stories that take place in the fictive future of Greer's deindustrial SF novel Star's Reach.
If you like great science fiction and fantasy, you have the chance to pick up individual issues or a subscription to MYTHIC: A Quarterly Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine. Visit www.mythicmag.com for more details.
If we are fully funded before the end of the campaign period, we will announce stretch goals and additional rewards. As stated above, one of the primary aims is to better compensate the authors involved in this venture and provide a high quality anthology.
Risks and challenges
As with any production of a book, it is possible that there may be unexpected delays in the production process which may cause a change in in the delivery timeline of this book. However we are committed to making every effort to have the books ready for release and delivered by October 2018.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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